D-311, Initial Attack Dispatcher

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Course Description

This course is designed to provide a consistent knowledge and skill base for the Initial Attack Dispatcher (IADP). The concepts taught in this course will help an IADP perform at an acceptable level on a national basis without regard to geographic boundaries. The course is a mix of lecture/discussion, group exercises, and simulation. Students will have the opportunity to practice new skills in the exercise and simulation portions of the class.

Course Objective:

  • Dispatch multiple resources to an incident using standard procedures.
  • Identify the common roles of an IADP in the initial attack dispatch environment.
  • Practice multitasking and prioritizing actions in a realistic situation.

Course Delivery

Information not available at this time.

Course Components

Course ComponentCourse Time
Pre-course workN/A
Pre-selection assessmentN/A
Online trainingN/A
Instructor-led training32
Total Hours32

Course Session Offerings

Nationally advertised course sessions can be found by searching for D-311 on the National Wildland Fire Training website. Contact your local Training Officer or Geographic Area Training Representative for more information about local course sessions.

Course Required For:


Course Recommended For:

Initial Attack Dispatchers desiring to be available for national mobilization (across geographic area boundaries).

Prerequisite Qualifications and Training

Successful completion of Basic Firefighter (S-130) and Introduction to Wildland Fire Behavior (S-190). Qualified as Expanded Dispatch Recorder (EDRC).

Associated Position Task Books

Initial Attack Dispatcher (PMS 311-60)

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